POSTED: Monday, October 10, 2011 - 6:01pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 10, 2011 - 10:34pm
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — An LSU cheerleader is recovering at the hospital after someone hit him with a car on River Road and then drove off. LSU cheerleading coach, Pauline Zernott, says Kip Carter was walking home with friends around 3AM Sunday when the accident happened.
"He was thrown about 20 feet in the air," Zernott says.
Police say the driver of the vehicle sped off, leaving Carter with a broken vertebrae. "It's not acceptable to leave someone like that in that condition," Zernott says. "We're just hoping they do the right thing."
Now, Zernott says the team has a little less pep in their step. "The guys and ladies are very shaken up by it," she says. ""Those in the student section would probably recognize Kip very well. "He's just a bubbly, energetic little guy."
She says Carter's accident comes comes a little more than a month after his assistant cheer coach, Chico Garcia, was paralyzed in a boating accident. "It's a good bite for us to take off, but we'll get through it," she says.
Carter is still in the ICU, but he is expected to make a full recovery. "He's in great spirits. He was joking about getting back to practice," says Zernott.
In the meantime, the cheerleaders are doing everything they can to find the driver responsibe for his injuries.
"The rearview mirror of the vehicle was found, so they've kind of been on the lookout and asked people to be on the lookout," says Zernott.
Investigators are still looking for the driver of that vehicle. They are looking for a tan or grey SUV with damage to the passenger side rearview mirror and headlights.